Be a Professional RYA Watersports Instructor in just 5 WEEKS

What is the RYA?

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the UK governing body for sailing and windsurfing. The RYA is recognised internationally as the leading authority on sailing and windsurfing instruction. This means that  becoming an RYA Instructor really does open up a whole world of opportunity to you. Watersports companies all over the globe are aware that a qualified RYA instructor must comply to high standards of safety and must have an exceptional dedication to their pupils progression in watersports.

Once qualified, in addition to the support you will receive from the RYA, all Academy members will also gain ongoing support from Seafarer to increase your teaching experience, improve your personal skills and in time gain further instructor qualifications. The lines of communication between our Academy Team and our Academy Members always remain open to help you make the most out of your watersports career – whether you are just enjoying a gap year break or you are looking for a long term career, our friendly and professional Academy Team will happily support you on your journey.

What is an Instructor Training Course?

The Seafarer Academy prides itself on maintaining highly competitive prices whilst still offering an action packed, highly professional and enjoyable course of training.
Instructor Training Courses teach you all the skills needed to become a confident and professional instructor in sailing or windsurfing (or both). Instructor Training includes both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills training. Examples of ‘hard’ skills training include learning to drive powerboats, becoming a first aider, improving your personal sailing ability and practising simulator demonstrations. Examples of ‘soft’ skills include learning about public speaking, understanding the different ways in which people learn, improving your time management and developing strong communication skills.
Our courses are ‘fast track’ courses. We provide 5 weeks of full time dedicated coaching and training so you really can become a fully qualified RYA Instructor in a very short space of time. The first 4 weeks are training weeks and the 5th week is your moderation week.
The warm waters and consistent winds in our Greek resorts mean that time afloat can be fully maximised. Each and every day of your course you will be afloat having fun, enjoying the sunshine, whilst continually improving your watersports skills.
At the end of the course, successful candidates, will be qualified to teach sailing or windsurfing to the RYA standards. In addition to this, during your 5 week course all students have the opportunity to gain an assistant instructor qualification in your secondary sport. For example if you are joining the Academy to become an RYA Sailing Instructor you will prelude this by becoming an RYA Assistant Sailing Instructor PLUS you have the opportunity ( for free ) to become an RYA Assistant Windsurf Instructor. As a qualified assistant instructor you are then able to work alongside our highly experienced and qualified Seafarer Instructors to help teach their holiday guests! This is an invaluable experience on the path to becoming a fully qualified RYA Instructor.

What is an RYA Assistant Instructor Qualification?

During your 5 week course all students have the opportunity to gain an assistant instructor qualification in your secondary sport. For example if you are joining the Academy to become an RYA Sailing Instructor you will prelude this by becoming an RYA Assistant Sailing Instructor PLUS you have the opportunity ( for free ) to become an RYA Assistant Windsurf Instructor. As a qualified assistant instructor you are then able to work alongside our highly experienced and qualified Seafarer Instructors to help teach their holiday guests! This is an invaluable experience on the path to becoming a fully qualified RYA Instructor.
Please note that the RYA Assistant Instructor Qualifications only qualifies you to teach in the watersports centre where you gained the qualification. However, when you move to a new watersports centre they are able re-issue your assistant certificate once you have been inducted and have demonstrated that you have already had suitable training to be an assistant instructor.

Who Can Apply ?

Our fast-track Sailing and Windsurf Instructor courses are designed for ambitious, energetic and enthusiastic people of all ages and all abilities. The only pre requisites to joining one of our Instructor Training Courses, are a moderate swimming ability and a passion to learn new skills. (Please note our minimum age to travel to Greece unaccompanied by parent or guardian is 16. All under 18’s require written parental consent.)

What Qualifications & Skills Will I Gain?

The minimum course content for all students is listed below. The exact qualifications you gain will depend on your previous experience. All candidates will be able to ask for additional tuition to hone skills of their individual choice based on their personal preferences and their previous ability. Please note that no previous experience of sailing or windsurfing is needed.

  • All Sailing and Windsurf Instructors will gain:

 

      • RYA Powerboat Level 1 Certificate
      • RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate
      • RYA First Aid Certificate
      • RYA Dinghy Sailing Level 1 Certificate
      • RYA Start Windsurf Certificate
      • RYA Sailing & Windsurfing Personal Coaching
      • RYA Sailing & Windsurfing Assistant Instructor Qualification
      • RYA Sailing or Windsurfing Instructor Qualification
      • Working with Children Module
      • Understanding Safety Systems Module
      • Professional Use of VHF Radios
      • Work Experience Options
      • Careers Advice & Employment Opportunities
    • In addition Sailing Instructors will gain:
      • RYA Dinghy Sailing Level 2 Certificate
      • RYA Dinghy Sailing Level 3 Certificate
      • RYA Seamanship Skills Certificate
      • RYA Sailing with Spinnakers Certificate

 

  • In addition Windsurf Instructors will gain:
    • RYA Intermediate Non-Planing Certificate
    • RYA Beach Start Certificate
    • RYA Non-Planing Carve Gybe Certificate
    • Introduction to Harness Work
    • Introduction to Planing

If already an experienced Sailor or Windsurfer further qualifications may be achievable

The course aims to ensure a 100% pass rate for all Academy Members, however please note that if your instructor skills are not quite strong enough at the time of moderation then you will receive an RYA Action Plan. The Action Plan is issued with specific goals for you to achieve in order to finalise your instructor qualification. The Action Plan is designed to help build your confidence and to regulate standards within the RYA system. It is created as a support for trainee instructors and should be viewed as an aid not as a critique or a fail. If an Action Plan is issued then the Academy Team will always support you in achieving your goals and becoming qualified. However in such cases that an Action Plan is issued due to a lack of effort, attendance or commitment to your training then any further assistance will be at the discretion of the Academy Team.

What is Included in the Price?

Return flights, Transfers to/from hotel, Accommodation (shared twin with en suite facilities), Breakfast, Lunch, Unlimited Equipment Use, All Required Safety Equipment, Sailing or Windsurf Instructor Training, Instructor Assessment, RYA Logbooks, RYA Certification, First Aid Manual.
Please note: All Additional Courses as listed in What Additional Courses Can I Do?  are extra to the cost of your course.

Do I have to be an RYA Member?

All RYA Instructors must be RYA members. Therefore before embarking on your instructor course in Greece please ensure that you join the RYA. This is between £20 – £50 a year ( depending on age ) and holds many benefits for you once you are qualified. RYA Membership is not included in the price of your course. Follow this link for more details:

http://www.rya.org.uk/joinrenew/types-prices/pages/howmuch.aspx

What is the Pre-course Instructor Pack?

Once you have decided to join the Seafarer Academy and have paid your £590 deposit you will receive your Pre-Course Instructor Pack.. The Instructor Pack includes all you need to know before you head to Greece.
Contents includes: Welcome Letter, What to Pack List, Work Experience Request Form, Employment Request Form, Flight Information, Accommodation Details, How to Apply for Funding/Grants Information, Invite to Members Facebook Page

What Is A Work Experience Request Form?

Once qualified the best thing to do in order to consolidate your skills and increase your personal teaching confidence is to simply hit the water and TEACH! Whether you teach for one week or one year, every hour spent afloat increases your knowledge and understanding of the sport. Every instructor learns something new with every lesson they teach, the conditions and your students are always changing so you are always learning. Teach, Teach, Teach – is the best advice we can give!
At the end of the course you will be ready to apply for work experience or employment all over the world. If you would like help finding work experience, that’s no problem at all. The Seafarer Team will be more than happy to help all successful candidates. If requested, we guarantee a minimum 1 week work experience placement for all successful Academy Instructors.
Our team have links to a number of watersports providers both overseas and in the UK. We will happily provide references for all hard working and conscientious instructors. As soon as you pay your deposit you will receive a Work Experience Request Form. Once you have completed this form we can start the ball rolling and contacting companies on your behalf. And let’s not forget that we ourselves will be offering work experience on our Seafarer beaches to successful Academy Instructors.
However you choose to utilise your newly gained instructor qualification we are here to help. We recognise that gaining your qualification is just the first part of the adventure, so we will always remain on hand to help you enjoy the rest of it!

What Is An Employment Request Form?

At the end of the course you will be ready to apply for jobs all over the world. If you would like help finding work, that’s no problem at all. The Seafarer Team will be more than happy to help find jobs for all successful candidates. Whilst we can not guarantee you a job, we can certainly provide a big step in the right direction.  Our team have links to a number of watersports providers both overseas and in the UK. We will happily provide references for all hard working and conscientious instructors.
The sooner you start looking for jobs the more likely you are to find one that really appeals to your specific requests, therefore as soon as you pay your deposit you will receive an Employment Request Form. Once you have completed this form we can start the ball rolling and contacting companies on your behalf. The Seafarer reputation means that some companies will keep vacancies open to be filled by our Academy Members once they pass their course. And let’s not forget that we ourselves will be needing staff to work on the Seafarer Beaches, we proudly hold a handful of places open for Academy Instructors to join the team.
Or perhaps you aren’t able to commit to a full season of teaching just yet, but a short term work placement or some professional work experience would appeal. However you choose to utilise your newly gained instructor qualification we are here to help make it happen. We recognise that gaining your qualification is just the first part of the adventure, so we will always remain on hand to help you enjoy the rest of it!

How Can I Get Financial Assistance to Pay?

The Seafarer Academy prides itself on maintaining highly competitive prices whilst still offering an action packed, highly professional and enjoyable course of training. In order to help with the necessary payment we offer all of the following:

  • Early booking discount of 10%
  • Members referral award of £25 or £50pp
  • Payment plans to spread the cost
  • Advice on applying for funding and grants
  • Half board reduces the need for spending money
  • Unlimited equipment hire included

What is a Payment Plan?

The Seafarer Academy prides itself on maintaining highly competitive prices whilst still offering an action packed, highly professional and enjoyable course of training. However, we do recognise that paying for your course in one lump sum may not be feasible.
We have therefore established the below BASIC payment plan to help you. If you would like discuss other options please do no hesitate to ask. All payment plans will include a £590 non refundable initial payment.
BASIC payment plan:

  • At time of booking £590 ( this is non refundable )
  • Monthly payments of your choice ( £400 minimum )
  • Final payment to be completed 8 weeks prior to departure

As a guide this could equate to:

  • £590 paid at booking
  • £500 x 4 monthly payments
  • £360 final payment
  • £2950       ( not including early booking or referral discounts )

How To Apply For Grants?

There are in fact a large number of organisations that offer financial assistance to a variety of causes. Regardless of your social circumstance or income everyone is eligible to apply for grants at various charities and trusts. Of course getting a Grant does require some time and effort. You will have to search the internet and apply to a large number of organisations. Typically grants for individuals can range from £50 – £2,500.

  • STEP 1) Type into your search engine key phrases such as:Vocational Training Grants
    Funding for Personal Development
    Grants for Outdoor Education Training
  • STEP 2) You will find many useful websites such as the below:
  • STEP 3) Your local library, often overlooked these days, will be a great source of information. The library clerks should be able to point you in the direction of a Local and/or National Guide listing trusts and charitable foundations. National ones to look out for include:
    • The Educational Grants Directory
    • The Grants Register
    • A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need
    • The Youth Funding Guide
    • Directory of Grant Making Trusts
  • STEP 4) Be prepared to commit time to this process. Apply to as many places as possible, by phone, letter or email. Remember you may have to work hard to receive a grant, but it really is possible to gain valuable financial assistance to help you complete your ambition of becoming a professional watersports instructor. An example of some key phrases and text to use when applying for grants:
    • The Seafarer Academy provides Vocational Training for the outdoor industry.
    • The Seafarer Academy teaches all the necessary skills to become a professional RYA Watersports Instructor, responsible for the safety and skills development of watersports novices.
    • The valuable instructor skills learnt at the Seafarer Academy are directly transferable to many other job roles in life, in particular within the formal education system.
    • The use of Outdoor Education, such as the Seafarer Academy delivers, is proven to be an excellent tool for personal development.
    • Among other things Outdoor Training teaches strong team building skills, it encourages acceptance of responsibility and it intrinsically improves communication abilities. All of which are key life skills.

How Can I Find Out More and Ask More Questions?

How Can I Book?
Call:             02083 243 118
Email:          [email protected]
Web:            www.seafarersailing.co.uk/booking.html

Sailing Instructor Courses

Our fast-track Dinghy and Windsurf Instructor courses are designed for ambitious, energetic and enthusiastic people of all ages and all abilities. The only pre requisites to joining one of our Professional Instructor Training Courses, are a moderate swimming ability and a passion to learn new skills.

Our Instructor Training Courses teach you all the skills needed to become a confident and professional instructor in sailing, windsurfing or both. Instructor Training includes both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills training. Examples of ‘hard’ skills training include learning to drive powerboats, becoming a first aider and improving your personal sailing. Examples of ‘soft’ skills include learning about public speaking, understanding how to motivate your students and developing communication skills.

Our courses are ‘fast track’ courses, which means, because you have 5 weeks of dedicated coaching and training you really can become an Instructor in a very short space of time. The first 4 weeks are training weeks and the 5th week is your moderation week.
The warm waters and consistent winds in our Greek resorts mean that time afloat can be fully maximised. Each and every day of your course you will be afloat having fun and improving your skills.

At the end of the course you will be ready to apply for jobs all over the world. If you would like help finding work, that’s no problem at all. The Seafarer Team will be more than happy to help find jobs for all successful candidates. Our team have links to various watersports providers both overseas and in the UK. Or perhaps you aren’t able to commit to a full season of teaching just yet, but a short term work placement or some professional work experience would appeal.

However you choose to utilise your newly gained instructor qualification we are here to help make it happen. We recognise that gaining your qualification is just the first part of the adventure, so we will always remain on hand to help you enjoy the rest of it!

Sample Programme

Our fast-track Dinghy and Windsurf Instructor courses are designed for ambitious, energetic and enthusiastic people of all ages and all abilities. The only pre requisites to joining one of our Professional Instructor Training Courses, are a moderate swimming ability and a passion to learn new skills. All courses are based in Greece and run for a maximum of 5 weeks. We guarantee a work experience placement to all Academy Members.

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Weeks 1 & 2

The first two weeks are focused on honing your personal watersports skills. You will learn to sail and windsurf. You will also be introduced to powerboat skills and first aid. During the second week you will start to focus on the sport you aim to instruct.
These two weeks will be intense, with a lot of on-water time and professional coaching in order to fine tune your high level skills.
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Weeks 3 & 4

Weeks 3 & 4 are dedicated to Instructor development. You will hone your teaching skills by instructing live training sessions in a mix of single and double handed dinghies or windsurfing. You will spend time learning the theory behind the practical sessions and take the time to work through the RYA ‘method’. Presentation skills and Safety Awareness will be key factors at this stage. Successful students will look to gain their assistant instructor qualifications now and of course there will be still be plenty of time spent afloat practising personal skills.
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Week 5

Pre-entry Assessment, and Instructor Moderation.
You will be assessed on your personal sailing skills before the instructor course commences, but don’t worry you will have had a mock ‘pre-entry skills’ day prior to this. You will then enjoy a week of final coaching and instructor moderation – showing off your new skills ready to become a qualified RYA Instructor.
2017 Course DatesPriceEarly Booking Price
May 7th - June 11th£2995£2495
June 4th - July 9th£2995£2495
Aug 27th - Oct 1st£2995£2495

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